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IKEA Columbus Sneak Peek

Today I attended the Press Preview for the new IKEA Columbus! I LOVE IKEA! When I lived in Philadelphia, there were two of them so I have been living in a deprived state for the past 13 years! 😉 I’m so excited to have an IKEA close by! I wanted to quickly share some info about the Grand Opening Celebration and some pictures from the day! All written information here is taken from the IKEA Columbus Press Release, May 31, 2017.

The bloggers and media got served a huge spread of food and desserts – all available for purchase in the store and restaurant!

IKEA Columbus is a fun day out for the family with: • Småland, a supervised children’s play area (for children 37”-54” in height) that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest; • Additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents; • A “Children’s IKEA” area in the Showroom that also offers fun, interactive play; and • Attention-to-detail amenities such as family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

(Kids must be potty trained: Goals for my 2 year old!) 😉

Part of the large cafeteria area!

These are pictures of some of the display set up at IKEA. You can shop the look and then use the tags on each item to locate them in the warehouse section! 

IKEA designers can work with you to create your customized room or you can pick it all out yourself! They will even come to your home for a consultation!

From home goods, bedding, bathrooms, furniture, pots and pans, pillows, rugs, toys, storage and organizational items, food, tables, candles, plants, to dressers and much more – it’s all here! And at prices that will make you stuff that blue IKEA bag full!

There are 26 checkout lines and more will be open during the Grand Opening Week! Ikea does not use bags, so bring your own or purchase an extra-large reusable bag for $.99 each.

You can see lots of info about the Grand Opening here!

Giveaways for the Grand Opening Week are as follows:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

• Rest Assured – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 44th U.S. store.
• Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!) – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free POÄNG armchair.
• For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy.
• Pick a Card, Any Card – The first 2,500 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or soft-serve frozen yogurt voucher.
• Happy Birthday to You and Us – The first 100 adults (18 & older) bringing proof to IKEA Columbus on June 7, 2017 their birthday is the same as the store’s will receive a gift card in the amount of $44, a tie-in corresponding to IKEA Columbus as the 44th U.S. IKEA store.
• Enter our Home, Enter to Win – From June 7 through June 11, 2017, visitors to IKEA Columbus may enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation of home furnishings to The Homeless Families Foundation, a local organization that provides housing assistance and educational services to homeless families living in Columbus.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

• Sleep Like Royalty – The first 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free queen-sized HAUGESUND mattress.
• Cozy Comfort – The next 100 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will receive a free ALINA “sleep set” of bedspread and cushion covers and two FJADRAR pillows.
• Kid’s Best Friend – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Columbus on June 8, 2017 will receive a free GOSIG golden dog soft toy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

• Cook (& Store) Like a Pro – The first 44 adults in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a free 365+ 6-piece cookware starter set and a FORTROLIG food container storage set.
• It’s in the Bag! – The next 44 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive freezer bags filled with five different Swedish meals, complete with beverages and desserts, from the store’s Swedish Food Market.
• A Cold Sweet-ish Treat – The first 100 children (17 & under) in IKEA Columbus on Friday, June 9, 2017 will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt that day at the Exit Bistro.

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11, 2017

• Play Big If You’re Little – Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Columbus from June 7 through June 11, 2017.

You can begin lining up 48 hours in advance! Are you up for it?!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 5-7, 2017

1. Free Spicy Chicken Biscuit at Chic-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a free Spicy Chicken Biscuit! Mention their Facebook ad (see link) when you order for a free sandwich between 6:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Friday at the Sawmill location only! (Dine in only).

2. Touch a Truck

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Adventure Park Dr, Powell, OH 43065

Kids can touch and tryout dozens of vehicles around Adventure Park!

3. Build a Flower Pot at Home Depot

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

You and your child can make and paint a flower pot to keep or give to Mom! Each child gets a certificate, apron and commemorative pin! See more info about these workshops at Home Depot here!

4. Waffle Bar at Coffee Connections

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

This $5 waffle bar includes one waffle, unlimited toppings and coffee or juice! There will be face painting and a raffle! Money raised from this event will benefit Hilliard teacher, Lisa Vroom who is fighting cancer. See more about Coffee Connections here!

5. Mini Market Spring Fling at Bexley United Methodist Church

When: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 2657 E Broad St., Bexley, OH 43209

This market features over 25 local vendors who make items for babies and kids (and some special stuff for moms, too)!

6. Central Ohio Folk Music Festival at Battle Darby Creek Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 2017
Time: starts at 10:00 AM both days
Location: 2705 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119

This weekend of folk music includes concerts, dance instruction, a Showcase of Young Musicians, free children’s activities, nature displays, workshops and more! See the complete schedule here.

7. Little Kids Fun Skate: Cat in the Hat! at Skate Zone 71

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Little kids ages 2-8 can meet Cat in the Hat and win Dr. Seuss books during this special time for beginning skaters!

8. Free Comic Book Day at Packrat Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 3864 Lattimer St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-527-8450

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with giveaways, a costume contest for humans AND pets, a mac and cheese eating contest, and more! Do you have a child who is sensitive to a lot of noise and hubbub of events like this? Packrat Comics is offering a Quiet Free Comic Book Evening that same night with dimmed lighting and a quieter setting. Click the link for all the details!

9. Free Comic Book Day and 1 Year Anniversary Celebration at Skylarks Toys and Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4060 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-317-7766

Celebrate Skylarks’ 1 year anniversary and Free Comic Day with visits from superheroes, face painting, popcorn and more!

10. Free Comic Book Day at Capital City Comics

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1915 State Route 256, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-577-0220

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with free comics, face paint, balloon animals and more!

11. Touch a Truck at Tanger Outlets, Jeffersonville

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 8000 Factory Shops Blvd., Jeffersonville, OH 43128

Kids can climb on and explore a fire truck, police car, helicopter and more! Free gift for kids while supplies last! Parents will get a free coupon book!

12. Japanese Children’s Day Festivities at Worthington at the Old Rectory

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 55 W. New England, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The Worthington Historical Society is celebrating Japanese Children’s Day by flying Koinobori flags and displaying a set of dolls from Worthington’s sister city, Sayama. $2/person.

13. Fairy Gardens at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-878-1301 Ext. 602

Kids can create a fairy or miniature garden with live plants and accessories! Recommended for ages 5-11. Call to reserve your spot!

14. First Avenue Park Dedication in Grandview Yard

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: First Avenue (between Bobcat and Yard Streets)

This family-friendly celebration of the new park in Grandview yard will included inflatables, music, food and fun!

15. MommyMile Columbus 2017 at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240

Celebrate Mom with a 5K or 1 Mile race with an after party that includes champagne, roses, food, music, swag and more! There will be special deals for runners at Polaris Fashion Place after the race!

16. Powell Street Market in Downtown Powell

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 50 S. Liberty St., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-888-1090

This is the first Powell Street Market of the year! Vendors will line the streets of downtown Powell selling hand-made goods, crafts, food and more! During this time Cruz Candy is offering free spins to win candy and Studio J: Sing Paint Play (above Cruz Candy) will be giving kids the chance to make Mother’s Day gifts for $2-$10! There will be a free sing-along on the porch at Cruz Candy at 1:00 PM!

17. Sheep Shearing Day at Stratford Ecological Center

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-2548

Sunday is the day of the annual shearing for the sheep at llamas at Stratford! Learn how wool is processed with hands on activities, visit the barn and enjoy the Sock Hop Soda Shop! $5/family. See more about Stratford Ecological Center here!

18. KidX Club: Crafternoon at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

Come to the children’s play area for crafts, face painters and Matt the Balloon Guy!

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 7-9, 2017: Easter Edition Part 1

Lots of Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Events this weekend! This is Part 1, the rest will come next weekend with Part 2!

1. First Friday: Mascot Madness in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

First Friday in downtown Delaware will include some of your favorite Delaware and Central Ohio mascots (including the Easter Bunny) walking around downtown, available for pictures and meet and greet! At 6:30 there will be a “Mascot Madness” dance-off!

2. Spring Kiddie Konsignment Sale at Grace Polaris

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 8225 Worthington Galena Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Shop this huge children’s consignment sale to find deals on infant and children’s clothing, accessories, toys, furniture and more! Half Price Sale is from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

3. Brunch with Bunny at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Arts and crafts, entertainment and the Easter Bunny are highlights of this special brunch! Reservations are only accepted in person at Guest Reception at Polaris Fashion Place! Kids 12 months and under are free.

4. Sprout Swap at Charity Newsies Headquarters

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4300 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

Great opportunity to buy or sell gently used cloth diapers, baby carriers, nursing gear, and accessories!

5. Old Hilliard Bunny Hop in Old Hilliard

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5274 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Main Street Old Hiliard hosts a spring festival that includes arts and crafts, activities and prizes! There will be real bunnies, coloring contests, a candy hop, golden egg hunt and more!

6. Girls Day at OSU Airport

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Location: Hangar 5, 2160 W Case Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Phone/Email: vilcheck.1@osu.edu

Girls in grades 5-8 can join in a day of aviation activities designed to inspire them to pursue a career in aviation! Send an email to register!

7. Eggstravaganza at Northwest United Methodist Church

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 5200 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone/Email: DorisI@nwumc.com

Breakfast, games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny begin at 9:00 AM.  and the Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 AM.  Also, NWUMC is collecting new and gently used children’s books for neighborhood children.

8. Jungle Book: Kids Edition at Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM (SOLD OUT), Sunday: 3:00 PM
Location: 5425 Center St., Hilliard, OH, 43026

Watch this kid-friendly rendition of The Jungle Book presented by Hilliard Arts Council!

9. Cheryl’s Easter Egg Hunt Event at Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies

When: When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 646 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH 43082

This fun event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, a visit from Columbus Zoo, cookie frosting, prizes and more!

10. Easter Bunny Meet and Greet at Kingsdale Shopping Center

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 3061 Kingsdale Ctr., Columbus, OH 43221

Meet and greet with the Easter Bunny on the Green at Kingsdale! Free pictures! Bring a basket to hunt for eggs!

11. Free Cone Day at Ye Olde Mill

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 11324 Mount Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

Everyone gets a free single dip cone only on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Read about our visit here!

12. Jack and the Beanstalk at Franklin Park Conservatory

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1777 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Columbus Children’s Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk! Free with admission!

13. Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Worthington Pools

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Worthington, OH 43085

This event includes an underwater egg hunt and an open swim!

14. Golden Hobby 18″ Doll Party at Golden Hobby Gift Shop

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 630 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206
Phone: 614-645-8329

This event includes crafts, games, face painting, refreshments, a style show and an American Girl Doll raffle! Call to make a reservation!

15. Egg Blast at Dublin Baptist Church

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: 7195 Coffman Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-889-2307

This event includes a free hot dog dinner and thousands of eggs being blasted into the air! There will be give aways and prizes! Register online.

*Plan ahead for Easter Egg hunts with my latest post for Columbus Moms Blog: Columbus Area Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2017!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*